14th March 2013

Thy Kingdom Come

“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in Heaven. Hallowed be your name.  Your kingdom come.”
Matthew 6:9-10 (NKJV)

It is interesting that the first thing that Jesus asks us to pray for, after addressing the Father, is that his kingdom should come.

It is not uncommon in Hebrew thought for the most important things in a list to be first and last.  Notice the last thing in this list in Verse 13, “For yours is the kingdom the power and the glory forever.  Amen”

The kingdom of God seems to be the most important thought in Jesus’ life. Why is this? The answer lies in understanding this present world.

Some few of us may find ourselves in a fairly comfortable position, but that makes us part of a very small percentage of the earth’s population.  For the vast majority life is not a ‘barrel of laughs’, but is hard, demanding and unrewarding.  This is what millennia of man’s mismanagement and bad government have led to.  Mankind has been given plenty of time and opportunity to get it right, but man is flawed, or fallen.

Nobody knows this better than God.  That is why it is his kingdom that we are to pray for.  God is not going to fix this world—he is going to destroy and start again. Notice what he tells us through his apostle Peter, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.  Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:10-13)

Peter ends his thoughts with a hint at the problem and solution.  The problem with man’s kingdoms is their lack of righteousness, and the virtue of God’s kingdom is its overwhelming righteousness.  In our kingdoms our will is done, in God’s kingdom God’s will is done (see Matthew 6:10).

Let us remember to pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come!’

Father in heaven, forgive us for what we have failed to do in the governance of this world, and thank you that you will bring a new kingdom, your kingdom, to rescue us from ourselves.  Please haste that day.

Study by David Stirk

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